COPD walking group

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Since 2005 a group of people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), have been meeting at Eden each week to walk between half and one and a half miles around the site.

The individuals suffer from a range of lung diseases which cause shortness of breath and limit their ability to exercise, including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease. Some of them were unable to take more than a few steps without oxygen when they began, but have made great improvements, and are spending less time in hospital.

I'm afraid to say if I didn’t have something like this then I would be very much closed up. It just makes life easier by actually doing something physical.

Tim Noble, participating walker 

The initial programme was put together by Eden, the Met Office, the NHS and the Core Fitness Studio in Falmouth. Since then, around 120 group members have benefited from taking part, along with their partners or carers.

Why the Eden Project?

Eden was chosen as a venue for the group because it offers a challenging yet protected environment. The paths are of varying gradients, yet they are accessible by wheelchair and scooter, and the group can call on an onsite paramedic and minibus if they need to. There are lots of points of interest along the way to keep the exercise fun, too, such as wildlife, different flowers in bloom, storytelling and exhibits on site, and Eden staff to chat to…

When someone says ‘I really didn’t feel like coming in to walk today [due to their symptoms] but I’m so glad I did,’ you know that you’re part of something special.

Karen Dawkins, Project Coordinator and Walk Leader at the Eden Project